Belle Perez - singer and songwriter with Belgian and Spanish roots.
Belle Perez (real name Maribel Isabel Perez Cereco) was born on 29 January 1976 in a Belgian region Neerpelt. Both her parents had Spanish roots. Since childhood, Belle was very interested in music and dancing. She performed with flamenco dance groups since she was five years old. While dancing, the girl discovered a talent for signing. She decided to develop it further, which is not surprising since Belle’s idol was Madonna.
In 1997, Perez participated in a talent show, where she was noticed by a famous producer and musician Patrick Renier. Her version of the song “That’s What It Takes” conquered his heart and soon he helped Belle start a music career. Renier worked together with Jim Soulier. Everyone called them Pat and Jim. They were the ones, who came up with the pseudonym Belle.
In 1999, Belle tried to audition for Eurovision but wasn’t chosen. Seven years later, she got another chance and came in third.
In 2000, Belle recorded her first studio album Hello World. It was very successful in Belgium and reached the 13th spot on the national chart. The LP was recorded in English.